Capturing Emotions: du Soleil Photographie's Journey

  • Publication date: 06/12/2024
  • Updated: 06/13/2024

In a world where moments flicker and fade, du Soleil Photographie stands as a testament to the enduring power of visual storytelling. Minh, born in Vietnam with years spent in the U.S. and France, alongside Rebecca, a Philadelphia native with a Polaroid legacy from her grandfather, have fused their diverse backgrounds into a singular vision. Their craft is not just about capturing images but creating a language of emotion and memory that transcends the ordinary. In this exclusive interview, we uncover the layers of passion, creativity, and dedication that make du Soleil Photographie a beacon of innovation in wedding photography.

The Genesis of Vision

Minh: “Photography, to me, is a complex and multidimensional language. A photograph is a text that evokes different interpretations and feelings from different eyes and hearts. My job is to create not just a beautiful photographic document, but also a unique expression of who you are in a way that can’t be translated by memory and words. I want you to be able to wholeheartedly relive the important milestones that you treasure in your lives.”

Rebecca: “When I was ten years old my grandfather bought me my first camera, a Polaroid. Poppy always had a camera in his hand; persistent in trying to capture as many family photos as he could collect. The moment I started to use my Polaroid, I understood the desire to document this human connection. With the ability to capture a version of yourself that you may not have previously imagined; I can encapsulate emotions and moments you can collect as a memory in visual form, forever.”

A Decade of Discovery

With Minh's nine years and Rebecca's three years behind the lens, du Soleil Photographie has evolved into a name synonymous with depth, creativity, and timeless elegance. Their journey through the years has been a constant exploration of new perspectives, techniques, and narratives, always bringing a fresh and profound vision to each wedding they capture.

Artistic Alchemy

Minh: “I'm drawn to scenes and moments that transcend the visuals: the quivering anticipation, the imminent tears, the delirious adrenaline. I’m very interested in using motion to evoke nostalgic reminiscence: how the energy of the day has danced away right before our eyes and burnt itself out only a bit more slowly than the sparklers of the night’s end. Every season of photographing weddings and visualizing feelings is an opportunity to explore more dimensions of expression. The direction of my images is always a result of building new experiences and perspectives.”

Rebecca: “I like focusing on the big picture. I become bound to what I see, hear, and feel on a wedding day and its atmosphere. I’m attracted to the interaction of my clients and their loved ones, the dynamics of their interpersonal relationships, and the chemistry and connection among the couple themselves. It’s the eloquent words of a speech, heart pouring vows, the tears, moments of affection, laughter, toasts and cheers, dancing and pure joy; that make the visual translation incredibly intimate and worthwhile.”

The Tools of Transcendence

Du Soleil Photographie's mastery extends to their choice of equipment—combining the timeless quality of film with the precision of digital photography, complemented by an array of flashes to paint every scene in the perfect light. This versatile arsenal allows them to adapt and capture the essence of each unique wedding, regardless of setting or style.

Moments into Memories

At the heart of du Soleil Photographie is the joy of witnessing life unfold in its most candid and beautiful forms. “Witnessing and documenting the unscripted and unexpected moments that unfold on a wedding day,” they share. 

Crafting the Perfect Frame

Understanding that each couple's vision is distinct, Minh and Rebecca dive deep into their client's dreams and desires, crafting bespoke photographic experiences that resonate on a personal level. Their proprietary process is a journey of collaboration, creativity, and discovery, ensuring that every photograph is a reflection of the couple's unique story and style.

The Journey Ahead

“Work with your photographer to create experiences that you would enjoy so that the photos reflect your genuine excitement and energy.”

As they continue to capture the essence of love and celebration around the world, du Soleil Photographie remains committed to their art's evolution. Every wedding, every couple, brings a new adventure, a new story to tell.

 “We only offer a select few destination weddings. We don’t have a favorite. In our eyes, the clients embody the essence of the place in which they celebrate. Their presence usually makes the destination special for us.”

In a realm where every photograph is a portal to a cherished memory, du Soleil Photographie crafts each image with a reverence for the fleeting moments that define our lives. Their work is not just about pictures; it's about creating a legacy of love, laughter, and the luminous beauty of human connection.

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